It is a shopping bag knitted out of used supermarket plastic carrier bags! Now before you think that I have entirely 'lost the plot' knitting with plastic from old bags, this idea was actually in one of our National newspapers a little while ago. I decided I must try this to see if it works. It does and they are very strong. I plan to do another one, larger this time and with different coloured bags. It is a big issue in England at the moment to use reusable bags.
This was knitted on UK (Imperial size) 00 needles. or 9 mm (Metric) or US 13
One cuts the top and bottom off the old bags then cuts strips about 1 inch wide round and round (like peeling an apple) until the bag is now just one long strip. 30 stitches seems to be about right (but one can do any size of course) and knitted whatever length is desired. I used 5 stitches for the handles. Bag is sewn up with the same strips of plastic and it is important to sew up tightly, really fastening in the ends well in order for it to be strong.
When this was first in the newspaper people were asked to see if they could come up with anything better and I was amazed the following week to see the creations that had been sent to the paper. All different and very artistic. One person had also knitted a hat in plastic to go with the bag! Think I will just stick with the bag!!